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An anonymous graffiti artist painted Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in a bulletproof vest near the spot in Nogales, Sonora, where he died

DEATH ON THE LINE: Supreme Court Kicks 4th Amendment Cross-Border Shooting Decision Back to Appeals Court (Commentary)

U.S. Border Patrol agent Lonnie Ray Swartz shot through the Nogales U.S. border fence on October 10, 2012, leaving ten bullets in the back of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. The trial of Agent Swartz on second degree murder charges, delayed six times, is rescheduled for next October 12. Border Patrol withheld video of the […]

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Demonstration in Lima, Peru

Peru: Discriminatory Labor Law Repealed

LIMA, Peru—In a major victory for young workers, on January 26, 2015, the Peruvian Congress repealed its own Youth Labor Regime, Law No. 30288, best known locally as the “Ley Pulpín” or “Squid Law” in English, a reference to the stranglehold many-armed corporations have on labor and particularly young labor. This Law, which went into effect on […]

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Picture of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo (a poem)

Frida Kahlo In a chronicle of pain the child’s leg dwindles with polio. A streetcar crushes nerves and bones. And Frida, born of revolution recreates her life again and again. She wears flowers and embroidered silks, jewelry of sky or thorns or severed hands. She braids her long hair. Diego looms larger than life, and […]

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Trial Begins for Indigenous Protesters in Peru

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN After five years of bureaucratic delays and internal contradictions in the Peruvian judiciary system, the trial of 53 protesters in the northern Peruvian jungle town of Bagua has begun. The indigenous protesters, opposed to a dozen decree laws that truncated indigenous territorial rights that had been promulgated by then President Alan García. […]

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A View from the South: Protests in Peru

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Thousands of Peruvians participated in a popular anti-government protest on July 27th, the day before Peruvian Independence Day, in Lima and also in numerous provincial cities.  They were repressed by national police using tear gas and water cannons, and dozens were arrested.  This was the largest anti-Government protest in Peru for more than a […]

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